YouTube is promoting young people coming out as “agender,” “genderqueer,” “omnisexual,” “polysexual,” and various other modern, newly-invented gender identities and sexualities as part of its LGBT Pride Month celebration.
YouTube released a video collage on Tuesday featuring various YouTubers, including some who appear to be minors, “coming out” on YouTube to support its “#ProudToBe” campaign.
The YouTubers in the video claim to identify as things varying from “homosexual” and “transgender” to “agender” and “omnisexual.”
YouTube instructs viewers to “answer with pride” when their
special snowflake status identity is challenged.
In the description for the video, YouTube writes:
From commemorating Pride parades to opening up about transitions and explaining the ABCs of LGBT (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFqLr...), YouTube is a place where anyone can belong no matter who they are or who they love. That is why today we want to help people honor and celebrate who they’re #ProudToBe.
Now, more than ever, it’s important that we help accept, love, and celebrate one another. In the wake of the tragic events in Orlando, we stand together in support of the LGBTQ community. We stand together with everyone who has the courage to own and share their identity. We stand together to show the power of solidarity, the power of love, the power of pride. To those beautiful and brave voices who continue to make YouTube the vibrant, diverse and empathetic community it is, we are #ProudToBe with you.
YouTube encourages people to “JOIN IN” the campaign by making their own videos about who they’re #ProudToBe.
It is unclear whether a video of someone “coming out” as straight and cisgender [non-transgender] will be accepted as part of the #ProudToBe campaign.
The video has approximately 8 million views as of 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, with many negative reactions. At the time of publication, the video has 159,037 “likes” compared to 214,323 “dislikes.”